State expands field test of student assessments tied to Common Core

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The California Department of Education notified K-12 districts last month that it is expanding an upcoming field test of modern, computer-based student assessments aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.

All students in grades 3 through 8 will be eligible to take the Cal-MAPP online field tests this spring, according to CDE. The 3.5-hour tests combine math and English language arts questions.

“This move to up-to-date new assessments marks a major step forward in California’s work to ensure that every student graduates equipped to succeed in college and careers,” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a written release.

In addition, all 11th grade students will take the field test — also a 3.5-hour test that combines math and English. Three SCUSD high schools were also selected to participate in a scientific study of 9th and 10th grade assessments. As such, John F. Kennedy will assess 9th graders, and West Campus and C.K. McClatchy will assess 10th graders.

The field tests are meant to be “tests of the tests,” and no student, school or district scores will be produced or reported. 

To prepare for the online assessments, SCUSD is testing and upgrading its network and using Measure Q bond funds to purchase laptops for schools.

Click here to take a student practice test of the new assessments, which were developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.